Mountain West Football Week Two: Previews, Picks, and Power Rankings
Week One record: 6-2
Stephen F. Austin @ TCU: Sep. 6, 5:00 pm Mountain Time; TV: none
Following a convincing victory over the Lobos in Albuquerque, the Frogs get to flex their muscles against the FCS Lumberjacks in their home opener.
Sacramento St. @ Colorado St.: Sep. 6, 1:30 pm Mountain Time; TV: none
Winner: Colorado St.
The Rams will coast in their home opener against the FCS Hornets.
Could Be Mildly Intriguing
San Diego St. @ Notre Dame: Sep. 6, 1:30 pm Mountain Time; TV: NBC
Winner: Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish open the season against the dreadful Aztecs. It's nice to see a Mountain West team on national TV—usually.
Plan on Tuning In
UNLV @ Utah: Sep. 6, 6:00 pm Mountain Time; TV: the mtn
Head coach Kyle Whittingham called last year's 27-0 drubbing at the hands of the Rebels "the lowest point of his coaching career." In front of a rabid and energized Ute fan base, expect to see a lopsided Ute victory.
Air Force @ Wyoming, Sep. 6, 1:30 pm Mountain Time; TV: CBS C
Look for the home field advantage and an opportunistic defense to give the Cowboys a close victory over the overmatched Falcons in Laramie.
Texas A&M @ New Mexico: Sep. 6, 3:00 pm Mountain Time; TV: VERSUS
Winner: Texas A&M
The Aggies will come out and play inspired football after losing to Arkansas St. at Kyle Field in week one, but the Lobos won't go down without a fight.
Game of the Week
BYU @ Washington: Sep. 6, 1:00 pm Mountain Time; TV: Fox Sports Net
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall is one of the hottest coaches in the nation, having swept through the conference undefeated two consecutive years and finishing with a pair of 11-win seasons.
The one thing that has eluded him is an out-of-conference road win, suffering close losses at Notre Dame in 2005, at Arizona and at Boston College in 2006, and at UCLA and at Tulsa in 2007. A vulnerable Husky team is just what the doctor ordered, although the health of Max Hall could be a concern.
Mountain West Power Rankings
5. Air Force
6. New Mexico
8. Colorado St.
9. San Diego St.
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